Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comRunning back Chris Johnson is expected to pick his new team within the next week. So where will he end up? From the chatter on the internet, here’s some unlikely and likely spots.
Saint Louis Rams — Johnson’s former coach Jeff Fisher is now in Saint Louis but it sounds as if the Rams coach won’t be reuniting with his old player. While it’s classified as “not impossible” but there’s little interest … understandable what with Zac Stacy firmly entrenched with the Rams poised for a big season. — HIGHLY UNLIKELY
Dallas Cowboys — Despite early reports to the contrary, it looks as if the Cowboys are not serious about pursuing Chris Johnson according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. — HIGHLY UNLIKELY
Buffalo Bills — The Bills were considered “top suitors” in trade talks prior to his release by the Titans, but now that is being refuted. The Bills were called to make the Titans look better, according to Tim Graham the level of interest wasn’t all that high. Regardless, now that he’s been released it would seem an odd move for Johnson to go to Buffalo with CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson already in the backfield. Now that the Bills have traded for troubled Bucs WR Mike Williams, the team might not have the bandwidth to consider adding Johnson as well. — HIGHLY UNLIKELY
Miami Dolphins — The Dolphins were also in on trade talks, so could they be serious about adding him now that he is a free agent? The Miami backfield is a mess and while the team has signed Knowshon Moreno, is the matter settled? While Knowshon will compete for touches, Johnson seems able to step into the team as a starter. Beyond Moreno, the problem of course is the offensive line. Despite the complications, could the allure of all that is South Beach entice Johnson to head to Florida? — LIKELY
New York Jets — The Jets were said to be interested in adding CJ but were slow to contract Johnson’s people, if at all. There’s a lot of silence around the Jets dealings with Johnson which is hard to interpret. The Jets could do well to add a durable playmaker like Johnson to the team but don’t seem to be in a rush to do it. — LIKELY
Atlanta Falcons — The Falcons discussed trading for Johnson and adding him would increase the depth of the Falcons backfield exponentially and give the Falcons a 1 / 1A situation between Steven Jackson and Chris Johnson. While both are aging players, there’s still some gas left in the tank and when Jackson inevitably has to sit, Johnson would be right there. The Falcons have a solid offense all around with one of the best players in the game in Julio Jones … Johson could make himself a part of a resurging Falcons team at the right time. — VERY LIKELY
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